Interested in studying infant mental health?

The study of infant mental health is such a hot topic at the moment. The advances in neuroscience coupled with the vast body of research into and clinical experience on attachment theory provide a strong emphasis on the importance of early childhood. The School of Infant Mental Health in London is offering an online diploma […]

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DrumBeat

The DrumBeat programme was written by the Holyoake organisation in Western Australia

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Talking about Triple P

On Tuesday 18th September 2012, I presented at the Triple P Practitioners Development Day in Sydney NSW. For the past 12 months I have been facilitating Triple P groups (Positive Parenting Program) on a regular basis and exploring the support needs of parents during and after completion of the group. Below is my presentation and […]

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Hearts for Healthy Relationships

Hearts for Healthy Relationships was a project that I initiated in 2009. At the time I was facilitating a craft group for parents, and I wanted a gentle way to start talking about family violence. One in four families experience family violence, and it costs the Australian economy $13 billion per year. The following heart […]

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Teaching “special playtime” in the community

The following article was published in the March 2012 issue of the British journal “Counselling Children and Young People” under the title “PCIT at large”. Many thanks to the editor Eleanor Patrick. Narelle Smith describes her dilemma around introducing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to a group of parents in a somewhat raw ‘no frills’ fashion, instead of […]

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Superior parenting

There has been a lot of interest in an article circulating in the media about the difference between French and American parents. The article is titled “Why French Parents are Superior” by Pamela Druckerman and can be accessed here http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204740904577196931457473816.html. Dr Laura Markham provided a lengthy critique on the article http://www.ahaparenting.com/_blog/Parenting_Blog/post/Are_French_Parents_Better_or_Do_They_Just_Spank_More/ As a family worker […]

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An artful tale

The following article was published in the December 2011 issue of the British journal “Counselling Children and Young People” under the title “An Artful Tale”. Many thanks to the editor Eleanor Patrick. Narelle Smith takes us on a (sometimes humorous) tour of her expressive arts groupwork at the local primary school. In 2005, I studied a […]

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Indigenous and invisible

The following article was published in the September 2011 issue of the UK journal ‘Counselling Children & Young People’. It is a less academic version of another post on this blog. It was titled ‘Indigenous and Invisible’ by the editor. However the Indigenous children and young people in the community I work in are very much […]

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Defining art therapy

Author: Narelle Smith, 2005 What are the established definitions of art therapy, and what processes define art therapy? There is a lot of misconception amongst the general public about the aims of art therapy and the processes involved. There is also an increasing amount of interest by people employed in the helping professions to incorporate […]

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Play therapy

Author: Narelle Smith, 2009 Introduction Play therapy has been practiced in one form or another since the early 1900’s. Whilst children are regarded as the experts of play, play therapy practice has been the domain of psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers. However, children in early childhood settings, schools, and homes, spend much of their day […]

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